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How to Speak Chat Room: Instant Message Shortcuts

Becoming fluent in the lingo of chat rooms and instant messaging is crucial if you want to fit in or merely understand what's taking place. However, remember to resist the overuse of emoticons in your e-mails and real-world correspondence.

Common Emoticons
:) smile
;) wink
:D laughing
:( frown
:'( crying
>:-} a devil
0:-) an angel
{ } hug
:* kiss
:P sticking out tongue
Common Acronyms
A/S/L age/sex/location (used to ask someone you just met for their personal information)
BRB Be Right Back
BTW By The Way
CU See You
CU See You
CYA See You
EG Evil Grin
F2F Face to Face
FOAF Friend Of a Friend
GMTA Great Minds Think Alike
IC I See
IMHO In My Humble Opinion
JK Just Kidding
L8R Later
LOL Laugh Out Loud
NP No Problem
OIC Oh, I See
ROTF Rolling On The Floor (Laughing)
TTFN Ta-Ta For Now
WB Welcome Back
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